Reproduction teddy bears are coming closer to originals. Twenty-inch originals comparable to the new sample in Fig. The overall appearance of these new bears has been carefully planned to appear as similar as possible to originals.
I am enclosing a picture of a stuffed toy dog that I received as a child approximately 40 to 50 years ago. The dog is made by Steiff and has the metal button and tag still in one ear. Can you give me some information on the dog and its approximate value?
Think again. The prints were made 15 years before Steiff created the first documented teddy bear. The first and oldest model Steiff bear that survives is the Rod Bear.
Steiff bears must be the number one name in the bear collecting world. Everyone has heard of Steiff and the fact that they are one of the earliest producers of teddy bears in the world. I'm sure every collector has one or would like one to be amongst their bear collection.
Steiff began producing stuffed animals in Germany in the late s but didn't gain wide recognition until the company's famous "Teddy" bears were first manufactured in This price guide is designed to help you identify and value Steiff animals. The values provided are for animals in a similar condition to the one shown in the photo. This bear is tan in color with a nice face, shoe button eyes, sewn nose, and mouth, shaved muzzle, long arms and legs, sewn claws, felt paw pads and original "Teddy B" tan cotton suit with brass buttons and hat.
Margarete Steiff contracted polio at 18 months old, which left her in a wheelchair for life. She refused however to let her life be defined by her disability, and went on to learn sewing and tailoring, becoming exceptionally skilled. Read Steiff's full history, click here.